On Thursday, May 17th, the public got its first look at this year’s KidSport playhouse. The playhouse will be the grand prize item in a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Martensville & Warman KidSport programs. These programs are set in place as an option for families to turn to for financial support in order to ensure children aged 18 and under can participate in organized sports. In 2016, the Martensville KidSport program helped 36 children participate in local sporting options for a total of just over $10,000.
Thanks to talented Grade 12 students at Martensville High School and teacher David Fossum, the finished structure is quite the sight to see, even including electric lighting and a front veranda.
At the unveiling, students, sponsors and organizers were on hand to speak about the importance of the KidSport program, and were all proud to be involved in the community fundraiser. “Although we do hold our own fundraisers throughout the year, having businesses jump on board to help support this program makes a huge difference. It helps to provide additional funding to help kids throughout the year and we are getting to the point now where we are almost unable to fund everyone that applies, so we really do need the extra support,” KidSport organizer Angie Reddekopp explained. Sponsoring businesses for the raffle include; Peter Kiewit Construction, A&W, Martensville Building and Home Supply, Clark’s Crossing Gazette and Brad’s Towing.
The draw for the playhouse, valued at $3,500, will take place on June 28th at 7pm, with second prize being a $500 Cabela’s gift card. Ticket sales have been successful thus far, and are expected to pick up even more so, now that the grand prize item is on display at the Martensville A&W. Members of the Martensville & District Lions Club have been and will continue to be out in the community at various businesses selling tickets. The cost for tickets is one for $3, or two for $5.